Friends (season 4)

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Friends (season 4)
Friends Season 4 DVD.jpg
Friends season 4 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) – May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)
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List of Friends episodes

The fourth season of Friends, an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 25, 1997. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 24 episodes and concluded airing on May 7, 1998. It was one of three seasons included on TV Guide's list of the Top 100 TV Seasons.

Cast and characters[edit]

(In particular, Introduced in season 4 or Only in season 4)


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
741"The One with the Jellyfish"Shelley JensenWil CalhounSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)46660129.4[1]
Ross is torn between Rachel and Bonnie and ultimately regrets his decision, Phoebe receives a shock and is angry when Phoebe Abbott reveals her true identity and Monica has to resort to drastic measures when a jellyfish stings her.
752"The One with the Cat"Shelley JensenJill Condon & Amy ToominOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)46660225.5[1]
Monica is delighted when Rachel's high school prom date asks her out, causing tensions between her and Rachel (and ultimately Ross), Chandler forces Joey to sell the entertainment unit he constructed and Phoebe is overjoyed when she meets a cat she believes contains her mother Lily's spirit.
763"The One with the Cuffs"Peter BonerzSeth KurlandOctober 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)46660324.0[1]
Joey is enticed when a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman shows up at the apartment, Monica is disappointed at her mother's behaviour when she caters a party for her and Chandler is finds himself in a sticky situation when he gets locked in Joanna's office after they make out.
774"The One with the Ballroom Dancing"Gail MancusoTed Cohen & Andrew ReichOctober 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)46660424.3[1]
Phoebe struggles to control herself when it comes to massaging an extremely attractive client, Chandler enlists Ross' help when he decides to quit the gym and Joey attempts to fix things in an unusual way when Mr. Treeger makes Rachel cry.
785"The One with Joey's New Girlfriend"Gail MancusoGregory S. Malins & Michael CurtisOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)46660524.4[1]
Phoebe has a cold which improves her singing and is frustrated when it disappears, Ross attempts to make Rachel jealous, ultimately humiliating himself and Chandler becomes smitten with Joey's new girlfriend, Kathy.
796"The One with the Dirty Girl"Shelley JensenShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)46660625.7[1]
Rachel is determined to complete a crossword, Phoebe helps Monica cater a funeral but the widow won't pay them, Chandler struggles to find a birthday present for Kathy from Joey which beats his own gift and Ross cannot come to terms with how dirty his new girlfriend's apartment is.
807"The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line"Kevin S. BrightAdam ChaseNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)46660726.4[1]
Rachel finds a new joy in eating alone at restaurants, Ross starts playing keyboards again leaving the gang (minus Phoebe) unimpressed and Chandler's feelings towards Kathy reach breaking point when they share a kiss and he vainly tries to fix things after telling Joey the truth.
818"The One with Chandler in a Box"Peter BonerzMichael BorkowNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)46660826.8[1]
During Thanksgiving, Ross is shocked when he learns that Rachel exchanges every gift she is given, causing some tensions between them, Monica becomes infatuated by Richard's son, also an eye doctor, when she has an appointment with him and Joey decides to punish Chandler for what he did in a very novel way.
829"The One Where They're Going to Party!"Peter BonerzTed Cohen & Andrew ReichDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)46660923.9[1]
Monica and Phoebe buy a van for their new catering business but things are shaken up when Monica writes a critical review of a restaurant called Alessandro's, Rachel decides to apply for an assistant buyer job in another Bloomingdale's department and is shocked by her boss's attitude during her interview and Ross and Chandler become very excited when their friend Mike 'Gandalf' Ganderson plans to come to town.
8310"The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie"Gary HalvorsonScott SilveriDecember 18, 1997 (1997-12-18)46661223.2[1]
Chandler's attempt to set Rachel up with one of his work colleagues goes wrong, Phoebe sets out to write a Christmas song for her friends and has problems with rhyming words, Monica uses Joey to show who's boss at her new job at Alessandro's and Ross is torn between a pretty girl who lives nearby and a fun one from upstate.
8411"The One with Phoebe's Uterus"David SteinbergSeth KurlandJanuary 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)46661023.7[1]
Monica and Rachel offer Chandler some advice when he wants to improve his performance in the bedroom with Kathy, Ross lands Joey a job as a tour guide at the museum which causes some division and Phoebe has a huge decision to make when she learns that her brother Frank and his wife Alice want her to carry their baby.
8512"The One with the Embryos"Kevin S. BrightJill Condon & Amy ToominJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)46661127.1[1]

Joey and Chandler argue with Monica and Rachel over who knows who better so Ross designs a quiz in which the winner makes a compromise - the guys give up the chick and duck but the girls have to give up their apartment. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes to the hospital for the embryos to be implanted into her uterus, leading to a tense wait to find out if she is pregnant.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #21 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[2]
8613"The One with Rachel's Crush"Dana DeVally PiazzaShana Goldberg-MeehanJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)46661325.3[1]
Monica is determined to continue being 'the hostess' and strives to succeed since they switched apartments with the guys, Chandler becomes concerned when Kathy and a fellow actor get steamy on stage in the play they're starring in and Rachel receives a shock when she is moved to another department and develops an uncontrollable crush on one of her clients.
8714"The One with Joey's Dirty Day"Peter BonerzWil CalhounFebruary 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)46661425.1[1]
Chandler struggles to get over Kathy and requires a little help from the girls, Rachel becomes double booked when Joshua invites her to a club opening but her boss also asks her to accompany his niece, Emily, to the opera and Joey develops an unpleasant aroma following a fishing trip with his father and goes to work (where he is starring in a movie alongside Charlton Heston) without taking a shower, leading to unfortunate consequences.
8815"The One with All the Rugby"James BurrowsStory by : Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich
Teleplay by : Wil Calhoun
February 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)46661724.4[1]
Monica becomes stressed when she discovers a switch in the apartment that appears to have no function, Chandler regrets running into Janice and goes to extreme measures to get away from her and Ross wants to prove that he is tough to Emily by playing rugby with some of her British friends.
8916"The One with the Fake Party"Michael LembeckStory by : Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Teleplay by : Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan
March 19, 1998 (1998-03-19)46661523.1[1]
Phoebe, a vegetarian, begins to have cravings for meat thanks to the baby and enlists Joey's help and Ross wants to spend as much time with Emily as possible before she returns to London; Rachel decides to throw her a surprise leaving party in an attempt to see Joshua outside of work in order to seduce him.
9017"The One with the Free Porn"Michael LembeckStory by : Mark Kunerth
Teleplay by : Richard Goodman
March 26, 1998 (1998-03-26)46661623.2[1]
Phoebe is shocked to find out that she is going to have triplets and quickly tries to find a way of financially supporting Frank and Alice, Ross is persuaded by Monica to go after Emily once she has gone to the airport, leading to an unusual range of consequences and Chandler and Joey are delighted when they discover a free pornography channel on their TV.
9118"The One with Rachel's New Dress"Gail MancusoStory by : Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
Teleplay by : Jill Condon & Amy Toomin
April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02)46662021.7[1]
Phoebe is offered the chance of naming one of Frank and Alice's unborn triplets prompting Chandler to have doubts about his own name, Ross worries when Emily and Carol's wife Susan start bonding over in London and Rachel soon realises she has made a mistake when she wears a very revealing dress on a date with Joshua.
9219"The One with All the Haste"Kevin S. BrightScott Silveri & Wil CalhounApril 9, 1998 (1998-04-09)46661821.8[1]
Monica and Rachel make various desperate attempts to win their apartment back from Joey and Chandler, including bribing them with Knicks tickets and enlisting Phoebe's help in a game while Ross is once again disheartened at Emily returning to London, so they make the sudden and unexpected decision to get married.
9320"The One with All the Wedding Dresses"Gail MancusoStory by : Adam Chase
Teleplay by : Gregory S. Malins & Michael Curtis
April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16)46662121.9[1]
Chandler grows frustrated by Joey's constant snoring, so takes him to a sleep clinic where he meets an attractive blonde girl, Rachel struggles to adapt to the idea of Ross' engagement so tries to shake things up with Joshua and Monica and Phoebe go and collect Emily's wedding dress and have a little fun of their own.
9421"The One with the Invitation"Peter BonerzSeth KurlandApril 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)46661921.5[1]
Phoebe is frustrated that she will not be able to attend Ross' wedding in London due to her pregnancy whilst Ross surprises Emily by inviting Rachel, causing him to reminisce about their time together; Rachel believes it will be too heart breaking to watch and makes the decision not to go.
9522"The One with the Worst Best Man Ever"Peter BonerzStory by : Seth Kurland
Teleplay by : Gregory S. Malins & Michael Curtis
April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)46662223.2[1]
Rachel and Monica throw Phoebe a baby shower whilst she is having constant mood swings, starting to feel upset that she'll have to give the babies away and Ross chooses Joey to be his best man, but Joey ends up losing the wedding ring he was taking care of prompting a strange outcome.
"The One with Ross's Wedding"Kevin S. BrightMichael Borkow
Story by : Jill Condon & Amy Toomin
Teleplay by : Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri
May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)[a]466623
Everyone bar Rachel and Phoebe are excited to be going to London for the wedding of Ross and Emily. Upon arrival, Joey bores Chandler during their day of sightseeing, Ross and Emily are shocked to discover that their wedding venue is going through demolition works and Monica tries to persuade Emily to postpone it whilst back in New York, Phoebe's attempts to make Rachel forget about Ross lead to her going to the airport to inform Ross that she still loves him. Later, Ross and Monica surprise Emily by making the ruins into a stunning venue, Joey becomes a little homesick but has one of the bridesmaids to cheer him up whilst Rachel arrives in London and cannot bring herself to tell Ross the truth; Phoebe does her best to phone someone to explain what Rachel is doing. After Monica and Chandler sleep together, things could not get more outrageous - until Ross is standing up at the altar and says Rachel's name instead of Emily's.


No. in
No. in
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) Weekly
74 1 "The One with the Jellyfish" September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) Thursdays
8:00 p.m.
19.5/32 29.4 4 [3]
75 2 "The One with the Cat" October 2, 1997 (1997-10-02) 17.6/30 25.5 4
76 3 "The One with the Cuffs" October 9, 1997 (1997-10-09) 16.7/28 24.0 4
77 4 "The One with the Ballroom Dancing" October 16, 1997 (1997-10-16) 16.4/28 24.3 5
78 5 "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend" October 30, 1997 (1997-10-30) 16.3/26 24.4 7
79 6 "The One with the Dirty Girl" November 6, 1997 (1997-11-06) 17.5/28 25.7 5
80 7 "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line" November 13, 1997 (1997-11-13) 18.2/29 26.4 3
81 8 "The One with Chandler in a Box" November 20, 1997 (1997-11-20) 18.4/29 26.8 5
82 9 "The One Where They're Going to Party!" December 11, 1997 (1997-12-11) 16.1/26 23.9 5
83 10 "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie" December 18, 1997 (1997-12-18) 15.2/26 23.2 5
84 11 "The One with Phoebe's Uterus" January 8, 1998 (1998-01-08) 15.7/24 23.7 5
85 12 "The One with the Embryos" January 15, 1998 (1998-01-15) 17.3/27 27.1 4
86 13 "The One with Rachel's Crush" January 29, 1998 (1998-01-29) 16.9/27 25.3 4
87 14 "The One with Joey's Dirty Day" February 5, 1998 (1998-02-05) 17.0/26 25.1 6
88 15 "The One with All the Rugby" February 26, 1998 (1998-02-26) 16.5/26 24.4 5
89 16 "The One with the Fake Party" March 19, 1998 (1998-03-19) 15.9/26 23.1 3
90 17 "The One with the Free Porn" March 26, 1998 (1998-03-26) 15.9/27 23.2 5
91 18 "The One with Rachel's New Dress" April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02) 14.9/24 21.7 3
92 19 "The One with All the Haste" April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09) 15.4/27 21.8 4
93 20 "The One with All the Wedding Dresses" April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16) 15.3/26 21.9 5
94 21 "The One with the Invitation" April 23, 1998 (1998-04-23) 15.3/27 21.5 5
95 22 "The One with the Worst Best Man Ever" April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30) 16.0/27 23.2 5
96 / 97 23 / 24 "The One with Ross's Wedding" May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07) 21.2/35 31.6 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Category Recipient Results
12th Annual American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Courteney Cox Nominated
Lisa Kudrow Nominated
43rd Annual British Academy Television Awards Best Foreign Television Program N/A Won
57th Annual Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical N/A Nominated
11th Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Jennifer Aniston Nominated
2nd Annual Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Comedy Series N/A Nominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Series Shelley Jensen
Peter Bonerz
Gail Mancusco
Kevin S. Bright
Gary Halvorson
David Steinberg
Dana DeVally Piazza
James Burrows
Michael Lembeck
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Wil Calhoun
Jill Condon
Amy Toomin
Seth Kurland
Ted Cohen
Andrew Reich
Gregory S. Malins
Michael Curtis
Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Scott Silveri
Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Mark Kunerth
Adam Chase
Michael Borkow
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Matthew Perry Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Series Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
50th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One with Ross's Wedding (Part 1 & 2)"
Lisa Kudrow Won


  1. ^ These episodes originally aired as a single double-length episode but are sometimes split into two episodes for syndication, reruns and DVD presentation.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Friends Nielsen Ratings Archive – Season Four". Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nielsen Ratings". Retrieved June 2, 2017. External link in |website= (help)

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